Dec 18

Two 19-year-old Gloucester residents pleaded guilty Monday morning in Circuit Court to six counts each of grand larceny and burglary for a summertime spree of car and residential break-ins. Holden Michael, and Aaron Starks, face up to 20 years in prison on each guilty plea. Patrick and Starks admitted that on the night of Aug. 20, they had entered a home on Powhatan Drive and taken a purse, wallet and keys of a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup. After their arrest, Gloucester County Sheriff’s investigators linked Patrick and Starks to larcenies from vehicles on Vaughn Creek Drive, Low Ground Road, Little England Road and DeGrasse Drive between July 30 and Aug. 16, they’re scheduled to be sentenced on March 12.
 
 
The Navy is conducting a field carrier landing practice demonstration at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In September, the Navy released a draft environmental assessment to evaluate the potential environmental effects that could result from the Navy’s proposal to conduct regular, scheduled operations at either Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport or the Wallops Flight Facility. Under that proposal, the aircraft would conduct up to 20,000 passes annually at the selected field. Officials say the twin-engine, turboprop aircraft are quieter than jet aircraft.
 
 
Homestead Creamery Inc. is expanding its presence in Franklin County thanks to a grant from a statewide program aimed at developing Virginia’s agriculture and forestry industries. Homestead plans invest $1.1 million over the next three years in a facility expansion and upgrade. The company known for its ice cream and other dairy products also plans to nearly double the number of full-time employees by hiring an additional 20 full-time positions, and increase its purchases of Virginia-grown agriculture products by almost $1.5 million.
 
 
EDUCATION AND TRANSPORTATION ARE THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT GOVERNOR MCDONNELL WANTS TO TACKLE DURING THE UPCOMING GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION.   ON THE EDUCATION SIDE, MCDONELL WANTS ABOUT 59 MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND THE STATE’S SHARE OF A 2 PERCENT PAY RAISE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS.   WITH TRANSPORTATION, THE GOVERNOR HAS PROPOSED TAKING POINT-ZERO-FIVE PERCENT OF THE SALES TAX BE USED TO ADD REVENUE HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE FUND.  MCDONNELL ALSO HAS PROPOSED SAVINGS COMING FROM CUTS TO STATE AGENICES.
 
 
A CULPEPER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY SAYS A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SLAPPED BY A PARENT WAS HIT SO HARD, SHE STILL HAD THE MARK ON HER FACE WHEN HE ARRIVED 20 MINUTES AFTER THE INCIDENT.  DEPUTY MICHAEL WOOTEN SAYS BETHANY RUDD IS FACING ASSAULT AND BATTERY AND TRESPASSING CHARGES. RUDD SAYS HER CHILD TOLD HER THAT THE DRIVER THREATENED TO KILL HER CHILD AND WHEN RUDD CONFRONTED THE DRIVER SHE ENDED UP SLAPPING THE DRIVER’S FACE WHEN THE DRIVER KEPT TELLING RUDD TO GET OFF THE BUS.  WOOTEN SAYS THE DRIVER CLAIMS NEVER TO HAVE THREATENED THE CHILD — BUT LIKELY SAID THAT SHE COULD CAUSE THE BUS TO WRECK AND PEOPLE GET HURT IF THE CHILD KEPT GETTING UP OUT OF THE SEAT LIKE THE CHILD WAS DOING.  WOOTEN SAYS HE HAS WITNESSES TO CORROBORATE THE DRIVER’S STORY.

December 18, 2012 |

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